Mt. McKinley: Knoff & Team Making Progress

Posted by: Adam Knoff | June 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount McKinley
Elevation: 11,000'

June 24, 2014 - 8:12 pm PT

Today we encountered the second oxymoron of the trip. The first, albeit not mountain related was not seeing the sun in the longest day in the norther hemisphere, hence the sunless solstice.  Today’s oxymoron was more exciting, helpful and might I say unexpected.  At 13,500 feet there is a crucial feature of Mt. McKinley’s West Buttress Route that one must pass to gain access to Advanced Base Camp at 14,200 feet.  This storied gateway is called Windy Corner.  There have been many a harrowing epic here where sleds have been known to take flight like kites, ropes bend outward like giant crescent moons and rumor has it a climber was even flash frozen like a walking tuna when hit by a fridges gust.  For us the corner was breathless! 
Last night I had decided to make a carry of unneeded equipment and food up around windy corner because a snow storm is projected to pay a visit for the next few days.  Despite having put our bodies to the test for the last four days without rest, this move seemed wise as to prepare the team to move up given our next nice weather day.  Everyone’s training has proven adequate and we are now in a great position for the days to come.  We expect one or two more days here at 11,000 ft.  Before making our next move.  Everyone is happy and healthy. 
Climb on. 
RMI Guide Adam Knoff & Team

Ascending Windy Corner on Mt. McKinleys West Buttress Route.  Photo: Lindsay Mann

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It is truly amazing what you have all accomplished so far. You’ve worked hard to earn your life “above the clouds”. Sending you strength as you dig deep on your journey to the top.  Love to my guys - david, alex and evan and your new climbing family.

Posted by: Amy St. Angelo on 7/4/2014 at 5:56 am

Looks like it’s getting a little steep :(

Posted by: Jerry on 6/25/2014 at 6:21 pm

Uncle Buck(Mark Skinner)  Rock on!  The Downs Fam is rooting for all of you!!!

Posted by: Debra Downs on 6/25/2014 at 5:29 pm

Keep moving Forward!

Posted by: Darren Claphan on 6/25/2014 at 3:00 pm

Following your progress and enjoy each blog, safe travel.
Jane

Posted by: Jane on 6/25/2014 at 2:07 pm

Seems like the weather and mountain conditions have been kind so far. No “wind” at Windy Corner!  Hope the climb keeps going smoothly.  Look forward to the daily updates and passing the information to others inquiring about your progress.  Thank you - keep moving up!

Posted by: Susan Lampas on 6/25/2014 at 5:04 am

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